Analyzing the Houston Dynamo 2023 draft
By Louis Roesch
The Houston Dynamo MSL draft is in the books. It was filled with little answers, more general allocated money to the coffers and even more questions. With 60 days till the start of the season, there are still a lot more questions than answers.
The Dynamo began by trading away picks for GAM (general allocation money). They traded the 13 th pick in the draft for money while Austin FC immediately snatched up midfielder CJ Fodrey. A left-footed winger that could have thrived in Houston's 4-3-3 scheme but instead will do it for their in-state rival.
Houston then picked up more GAM by trading away another pick. The Columbus Crew sent $50,000 Houston's way and drafted defender Xavier Zengue who played just down the road at the University of Dayton.
The Dynamo did eventually make a couple of picks picking up Isaiah Reid the defender from Clemson at number 34 and then adding UConn forward Frantz Pierrot at number 63. The chances of either making the roster are slim. Houston drafted Andrew Samuels at number 33 in 2019 never to be heard from again. Just say'in. Both will probably be on the Dynamo Dos and works in progress at best.
All in all, Houston collected $375,000 in GAM money most of which came in dealing the number five pick to Vancouver for the 13th pick and $225,000. MLS writer Travis Clark gave them a B minus for their efforts. We shall see but that may have been a bit generous considering what they could have come away with.